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Reclaim your Health

There's no age limit on good health and it's never too late to cultivate a healthier lifestyle. The Y is here to help you in your pursuit of ageless living. We have something for all ages and levels!

Individuals living with chronic conditions such as arthritis, pre-diabetes and balance can work with certified trainers or may participate in a variety of YMCA water/land group exercise and fitness programs. Contact your Wellness Director for program options.

What would the Y be without water? Water exercise, adult swim lessons (it’s NEVER too late) and adapted exercise for those with disabilities or in rehabilitation are some of the water-based activities you’ll find at the Y where we believe if you can do it on land, you can do some version of it in the water!


YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program

Can you measure a healthy life? Sure, you can—
by the cup, the ounce and the block.

If you’re at risk for type 2 diabetes, you can make small, measurable changes that can reduce your risk and help you live a happier, healthier life.

Change is tough—we can help

Let’s face it, if changing was easy, we’d all do it. You’ve spent years developing habits that you can’t expect to change overnight. It’s tough.
We can help. The YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program gives you the skills you need and the support you deserve to make lasting, healthy lifestyle changes.

Group support keeps you motivated

Everyone needs a push, a pat on the back, a helping hand sometimes. A little encouragement goes a long way when you’re making big changes. As a participant in the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program, you will take 25 classes over the course of a year surrounded by a group of supportive people with common goals who care about your well-being.
As a participant, you’ll enjoy:

  • A safe space where you can feel comfortable sharing and learning in private.
  • Making new friends. You will support each other as you all trade old habits for healthier new ones.
  • Working as a group. You don’t have to figure this out alone.
  • The new energy and confidence that comes with losing weight and reducing your risk for diabetes.
Improve your health, boost your energy

To help reduce your risk for diabetes, your goal in the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program is to reduce your body weight by 7% and increase your physical activity by at least 150 minutes per week within the first half of the program. For example, if you weigh 200 pounds your goal for the first half of the program would be to lose 14 pounds and increase your physical activity to what could be a brisk 30-minute walk, five days per week. Lose weight, boost your energy, reduce your risk for diabetes and improve your health for life!

Do you qualify?

To participate in the program, you must be:

  • 18 years or older,
  • Overweight (BMI ≥ 25)*, and
  • Diagnosed with pre-diabetes via one of three blood tests or a previous diagnosis of gestational diabetes.**
  • If you don’t have a blood test result, you must have a qualifying risk score.
  • Salina Family YMCA complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.
Weekly Sessions Descriptions
  1. Welcome to the Program
  2. Be a Fat Detective
  3. Ways to Eat Less Fat
  4. Healthy Eating
  5. Move those Muscles
  6. Being Active: A Way of Life
  7. Tip the Calorie Balance
  8. Take Charge of What’s Around you
  9. Problem Solving
  10. Four Keys to Healthy Eating Out
  11. Talk Back to Negative Thoughts
  12. The Slippery Slope of Lifestyle Change
  13. Jump Start your Activity Plan
  14. Make Social Cues work for you
  15. You can Manage stress
  16. Ways to Stay Motivated
Did you know?
  • Eating too much sugar does not cause diabetes, but being overweight is a
    risk factor.
  • People with prediabetes may not have
    any symptoms.
  • An estimated 86 million Americans ages
    20 years and older have prediabetes.
  • And… 89% of that 86 million have
    NO IDEA they’re at risk.

National Institutes of Health research has shown that programs like the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program reduce the number of new cases of type 2 diabetes by 58% overall and by 71% in people over 60.

YMCA membership not required!

Program Costs: $429.00

  • An option of 4 drafts of $107.25
  • Financial Assistance is available on this program for those that qualify (up to 50%)
  • The program includes 3 months free YMCA ADULT membership, a $114.00 value.
  • 2 Free Personal Training appointments
  • Includes use of Wellness Center & Racquetball/Basketball courts as well as two indoor pools
  • Access to over 75 Group Exercise classes every week both on land and in the water.

The Y is a leading nonprofit committed to improving the nation’s health. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify. Please contact the Y for more information. 

* Asian individual(s) BMI ≥ 22

** Qualified blood results in the prediabetes range are needed to confirm eligibility. Individuals who have already been diagnosed with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes do not qualify for this program.

YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program (“YMCA’s DPP”) uses a CDC-approved curriculum and is part of the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program. YMCA of the USA offers access to YMCA’s DPP through a network of local YMCAs, and YMCA’s DPP may or may not be a covered benefit under your health insurance policy, worksite wellness program, Medicare Plan, or other applicable federally funded healthcare programs. To find out whether YMCA’s DPP is covered under your policy and to determine any cost-sharing responsibilities, contact your insurance company, health plan administrator, wellness program sponsor, Medicare or Medicaid. Any dispute regarding coverage of YMCA’s DPP should be brought to your insurance provider or benefit program administrator. Neither YMCA of the USA nor any local YMCA warrants or guarantees any specific outcome for YMCA’s DPP participants with respect to diabetes prevention.

FAQ SHEET (coming soon)





The program provides a supportive environment where participants work together in a small group to learn about healthier eating and increasing their physical activity in order to reduce their risk of developing diabetes. The program, which is led by a trained Lifestyle Coach in a classroom setting, is delivered over a 12-month period, beginning with 16 weekly sessions followed by monthly maintenance.

Upcoming Sessions: TBA

If interested in getting a class started, contact the Salina YMCA at 825.2151.

***The primary risk factor for Type 2 Diabetes is poor nutrition and physical inactivity

For more information please contact:
Ellen Hogeland, Wellness & Aquatics Director 785.825.2151



Moderate-impact classes with high-impact results

Across the country, a growing number of Y associations offer Enhance®Fitness, an evidence-based group exercise program for older adults that uses simple, easy-to-learn movements that motivate individuals (particularly those with arthritis) to stay active throughout their life.

Here are some of the changes our participants have noticed:

  • More energy
  • Better balance
  • Increases in upper and lower body strength
  • More flexibility and range of motion
  • Better sleep
  • More feelings of happiness
  • Sense of independence

In addition to the physical benefits, research has shown that, among older adults who participate in Enhance®Fitness, health costs were lowered each year by close to $1,000.

Our aim: To help you feel better

Each class session includes cardiovascular, strength training, balance and flexibility exercises and the fostering of strong social relationships between participants. Enhance®Fitness is geared toward older adults. Those with a chronic condition, such as arthritis, need not worry; they will never have to do anything that hurts. Participants can use chairs for support, if necessary, and increase the weight they use for strength training at their own pace.

Search class schedules HERE 


SilverSneakers is a free fitness program for seniors that is helping millions of boomers and beyond defy the odds, shatter stereotypes and answer every challenge with, “I can do this!” The Y partners with SilverSneakers to offer signature group exercise classes designed for older adults and led by trained instructors.

  • Muscular Strength & Range of Motion
  • Cardio Circuit
  • Silver Splash
  • Yoga Stretch

In 2015, 84 percent of SilverSneakers members complete moderate to vigorous aerobic activity three or more times per week and 94 percent state that they are in good or excellent health while 90 percent report more energy to accomplish daily activities.

Search class schedules HERE 


This class allows you to exercise without putting excess strain on your joints and muscles. The gentle activities in warm water, with guidance from an Arthritis Foundation certified instructor, will help you gain strength and flexibility. Excellent for beginning or returning exercisers, and strengthening for pre-surgery and post-surgery.

  • Level: All
  • Drop-in class
  • No registration necessary
  • Arthritis diagnosis is not required
  • Swimming skills are not required
  • Zero entry pool
  • See your doctor first to get clearance for water exercises

Classes take place in our heated indoor pools. Exercises approved by the Arthritis Foundation include walking, gentle stretching, flexing, extension, and range-of-motion. Exercises are done in shallow water and focus on activities of daily living, moving a joint through your range of motion and holding it to feel a gentle stretch in the muscle.

  • Decreased pain and stiffness
  • Increased joint flexibility
  • Increased range of motion
  • Improved performance with daily activities
Tips + Preparation

New to class? Arrive a little early so our instructor can give you some pointers.

Equipment Needed
  • Flotation equipment 
  • The Y provides all equipment for this class
Attire and What to Bring
  • Come to class dressed and ready for the pool
  • Proper swim attire is required (swimsuit), no basketball shorts, street clothes, etc.
  • Water shoes (encouraged)
  • Towel, water bottle, aqua jacket (optional)

Search class schedules HERE 


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